I’ve been wanting to make Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies for AGES… and now am wondering what took me so long? This healthy rendition of a blondie is gluten free, vegan and packed with fibre… yet still tastes decadent! Bring it ON!
I don’t have a huge sweet tooth now that I’m a bit older (my taste has evolved, can anybody else relate?). But I still have a weakness for chocolate and peanut butter. There’s just something about that combination that makes me weak in the knees.
A traditional blondie is packed with butter, sugar and refined flour. And while that’s ok for a treat once in awhile, it’s so satisfying to create healthier versions of childhood favourites that can be enjoyed more often. And of course, it’s even better when it can be whipped up in a blender in one simple step. Now that’s a recipe that I can get behind.
These blondies are made with a few simple ingredients that most of us have in our pantry. Note that if you’re looking for a really fudgy brownie bake these for the lower time; if you’re looking for a denser less fudgy brownie go for the longer bake time. Regardless, THESE ARE A VERY FUDGY BROWNIE. I just want to be clear that I find them super satisfying but are very dense thanks to the chickpeas. Not everyone’s jam, so if this isn’t what you’re after keep reading for a few other healthier treats that may be a better match for your sweet tooth;)
NOTE: you MUST use natural peanut butter that has been well-stirred as per the recipe (we tried the Adams and Nuts to You brands and both worked well) – the processed types of peanut butters (ie: Kraft, Jiffy etc) do not work. Also, please make sure that you use the right size of can of chickpeas and that you don’t forget to rinse them and drain them well.
If you’re looking for other similar recipes try these Coconut Black Bean Brownies, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding or these No-Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies that will take you right back to your childhood!
Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies
Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies
These Peanut Butter Chickpea Blondies are so easy to make, packed with plant fibre and protein, gluten free, vegan... and yet feel so indulgent!
- 1 540 mL can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup milk of choice (soy, almond or other)
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy free if making vegan)
- 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9" x 9" baking pan with parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a high power blender except chocolate chips and the fleur de sel and blend until smooth. The mixture will be very thick.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, scraping it out of the blender using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips and then the fleur de sel if using. Bake for approximately 25-35 minutes or until the brownies are set (bake for the lower time for a fudgy brownie and the longer time for a less fudgy brownie). They will just be very light brown around the edges.
Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting.